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Belington woman pleads to felony

ELKINS – A Belington woman was sentenced to five years of supervised probation Thursday in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Courtney Holbert, 21, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one felony count of conspiracy to commit a felony as part of a plea agreement during a June 23 hearing.

Holbert was sentenced to one to 15 years in a state penitentiary for the possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver charge and one to five years in a state penitentiary for the conspiracy charge, to run concurrently. The sentence was suspended for five years of supervised probation, as recommended in a pre-sentence investigation by the Randolph County Probation Office.

A condition of the probation is that Holbert must also participate in adult drug court. She is also required to pay court costs.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker suggested the court should go with the recommendation of the probation office and give Holbert an alternative sentence. Parker said he believes Holbert would benefit from the adult drug court program as she had failed drug tests during the hearings leading up to Tuesday’s sentencing.

Holbert’s attorney, Christopher Cooper, was asked by Senior Status Judge Thomas Steptoe if he had anything to say on behalf of Holbert before the sentence was handed down.

“She acknowledges that she needs the help, she desires the help and I believe this court and the drug court program can provide that help,” Cooper said.

Steptoe ruled the alternative sentence was in the interest of justice.

“Courtney, I think it’s worth a chance to try to deal with these issues outside of a jail or prison environment and I wish you good luck,” Steptoe concluded .

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court Tuesday:

– A trial for Raynard Trent Parrack, Sr., 50, of Huttonsville, was continued.

Parrack was indicted on two felony counts of sexual assault in the first degree, one felony count of display of obscene matter to a minor and one felony count of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor Feb. 25.

Parrack’s pre-trial conference was set for 10 a.m. Oct. 14, with jury selection at 9 a.m. Oct. 23 and trial to begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 30. A pre-trial motion hearing was also set for 9 a.m. Sept. 29.

– The trial of Lawrence Edward Davis, 40, of Elkins, was continued.

Davis was indicted on three felony counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and three felony counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian on Feb. 25.

Davis’ pre-trial conference was set for 9 a.m. Oct. 14, with jury selection at 9 a.m. Oct. 23 and trial to begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 30. A pre-trial motion hearing was also set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9.

– James Aaron Gossett, 39, of Cowpen, S.C., pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver as part of a plea agreement. The state agreed to dismiss any additional charges.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 14.

– David Allen Leary, 49, currently an inmate of Tygart Valley Regional Jail, pleaded guilty to one felony count of burglary as part of a plea agreement.

The state agreed to dismiss two misdemeanor counts of possession by a prohibited person of a firearm, one misdemeanor count of petit larceny and one misdemeanor count of destruction of property.

sentencing hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 14.

– Arnold Keith Moore, 50, of Elkins, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of failure to register as a sexual offender or provide notice of registration changes as part of a plea agreement. The state agreed to lower the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 14.

– Kevin Shane Elswick, 22, of Elkins, pleaded guilty to one felony count of forgery and one felony count of uttering as part of a plea agreement.

The state agreed to dismiss 12 felony counts of forgery and 12 felony counts of uttering.

Steptoe deferred accepting or rejecting the plea until a victim impact statement is completed as part of the pre-sentence investigation.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 14.

– Jeremy Lynn Huffman, 32, of Elkins, pleaded guilty to one felony count of driving under the influence, third or subsequent offense and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked for DUI, as part of a plea agreement.

The state agreed to dismiss one felony count of child neglect creating risk of injury, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence with minors in the vehicle, one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with an expired motor vehicle inspection sticker and one misdemeanor count of failure to use headlights.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 14.

– Emmy Lou Harris, 31, of Beverly, pleaded guilty to one felony count of shoplifting, third offense, as part of a plea agreement. The state agreed to dismiss one misdemeanor count of trespass in structure or conveyance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Steptoe deferred accepting or rejecting the plea until a victim impact statement is completed as part of the pre-sentence investigation.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 14.

– Kyle Brent Hoyman, 24, of Beverly, pleaded guilty to one felony count of shoplifting, third offense, as part of a plea agreement. The state agreed to dismiss one felony count of shoplifting, third offense.

Steptoe deferred accepting or rejecting the plea until a victim impact statement is completed as part of the pre-sentence investigation.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 3.